Burton woman travels to California to raise funds and raise awareness for mental health
Rissa Reel begins a 2,300-mile walking journey from Burton to California to raise funds and raise awareness for mental health.
“Walking For The Voiceless” is Reel’s initiative to help anyone struggling with mental health issues. She started her hike on Tuesday morning and plans to continue updating her progress on her social media accounts throughout the trip. She will also donate the funds collected to various charities as they arise. One of the recipient charities is the Whaley Children Center, and more have yet to be named.
The walk will certainly not be an easy mission and, according to Reel, will likely take a little over a month. I think the difficulty of the walk is part of the mission though. Reel talks about the symbolism of walking towards his mission.
This walk is meant to show everyone that life is just a journey full of sunburns, blisters, irritation, exhaustion and all the other obstacles that can arise during the walk which reflects life and all the obstacles we go through but all you can do is put one foot in front of the other. If you keep taking steps – keep moving, you can take it anywhere
Reel has set up a Go Fund Me page to make it easy to donate while it’s up and running. You can make a one-time donation or pledge per mile.
If you are able to help in any way, please take the time to do so. It’s an incredible challenge that Reel takes on, and it’s for an even more incredible cause. The stigma surrounding mental illness must end, and it will take an incredible effort like this to get there.